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by Marv Friedenn
Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:21 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Dear Lennie
Replies: 40
Views: 29099

Hello, out there. I'm sad BT thinks we live in different worlds when, however far apart we are, the same bomb can kill us both or the same full moon unite us. Anyway, I've learned something from this discussion and here it is. I realize that the same word "art," used twice in the phrase &q...
by Marv Friedenn
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:00 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Dear Lennie
Replies: 40
Views: 29099

Dear BT, Our messages crossed. I'm replying here to an earlier response. "Great Art transcends all the BS of this world," you write. "Any other motivations for creating it just go along for the ride." But BT, you seem unaware that Beauty's been in therapy for the last hundred yea...
by Marv Friedenn
Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:56 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Dear Lennie
Replies: 40
Views: 29099

C'mon BT,

you're supposed to ask whether in my opinion Lennie represents art for art or protest. That would give me the opportunity to answer that Lennie embodies both, because unless protest art is also for itself--as when Jimi Hendrix burns The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock--it's politics not art. The s...
by Marv Friedenn
Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:51 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Dear Lennie
Replies: 40
Views: 29099

Dear BT, One more thing. So long as human suffering anywhere in the world is inflicted as a matter of policy, art for art's sake, which abstracts the artist from his or her environment and from what's happening in it, is a concession to the perpetrators of the suffering. Looking in a mirror and havi...
by Marv Friedenn
Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Dear Lennie
Replies: 40
Views: 29099

Dear BT,

The brief poem presents a person displaying proletarian behavior who describes an insight he has just had about his dual personality to a dead jazz pianist with a reputation for elegance. I like the idea but I admit it's inappropriate for the web page.

Marv Friedenn
by Marv Friedenn
Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Dear Lennie
Replies: 40
Views: 29099

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Dear BT,

I must turn this bad old world around before I can even begin to live life to the fullest. For instance, it turned a deaf ear to Lennie when Lennie was all I had. In return I intend to give it an earful.

Marv Friedenn
by Marv Friedenn
Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:59 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Dear Lennie
Replies: 40
Views: 29099

Dear Lennie

Dear Lennie,
I was pissing in the sink when I saw in the mirror that one eye looks directly, the other askance. As if no sooner was I born than I was married.
by Marv Friedenn
Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Review of "Yesterdays"
Replies: 7
Views: 13262

Review of "Yesterdays"

When I was young I longed to luxuriate in the atonalities of Arnold, Alban and Anton, but their melodies were just too fucking ugly, as if, in order to exterminate the mosquitoes of bourgeois sentiment, the composers made me to lie down in insect repellent. Maybe it's a European thing to reinflict t...
by Marv Friedenn
Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: A word from the literary branch of the Tristano school
Replies: 1
Views: 4092

A word from the literary branch of the Tristano school

In 1951 Tristano launched his Jazz Records label with two overdubbed improvisations, Juju and Passtime. They are the only two recorded Tristano improvisations I know of that are meant to exhibit unequivocally the equality and independence of left and right hands. In each improvisation he produces tw...

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